Christianity: Saving America from A Societal Breakdown

August 15th, 2016 | Posted in News

First Things editor provides modern application of

T.S. Eliot’s famous essay

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cops are being assassinated in the streets. Grown men are legally allowed to shower with little girls in public restrooms. We have two presidential candidates that no one seems to like or respect. Our society is one step away from chaos, and Americans do not recognize their own country anymore. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things and one of America’s leading scholars of religion and politics, says Americans have only one hope left. In his brand new book, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society (Regnery; August 1, 2016; $27.99), Reno shows why a renewal of Christian ideas is fundamental to preventing the complete collapse of our country—and how such a renewal is possible.

According to Reno, America’s two greatest strengths—her liberal democratic culture and her free-market economy—have made her a global superpower. But left unchecked, these two strengths can become great cultural weaknesses, sowing selfishness, recklessness, and apathy. Taking his cue from T.S. Eliot’s famous 1940 essay, The Idea of a Christian Society, Reno looks at how Christianity is the key to keeping those weaknesses from running amok.

Reno warns that as Christianity has been displaced as America’s moral center, our society has become obsessed with finding new freedoms and has become enslaved to big government. Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society shows solid proof that this post-Christian culture is failing, offering the solution that can save us all: a renewal of Christian ideals such as compassion, integrity, hard work, and love.

In Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, readers will discover:

  • Why America’s shocking rise in poverty is due to the loss of America’s faith
  • How secular liberalism inevitably divides society into a super-successful elite and the dysfunctional and dependent many
  • Why government will continue to take over more and more of our lives—unless Christianity’s public influence is restored
  • The truth about the American dream—what it really is and how it can be redeemed


To schedule an interview with Dr. Reno, please contact Brittany Goers at 202-677-4421 or at